Just got back from our first ever visit to Philly. What a GREAT City! We took as much as possible in for our 5 days there--must have walked 20 miles--and know why you are so proud of your city. As for the eats...
We vowed nothing but Chowhound recommendations, so we ate tacos at Taqueria La Veracruzana, needle noddles at Tasty Treats, one of the best bowls of soup we've ever had at Pho 75, and, of course, dim sum at Lakeside Deli. In fact, at Lakeside, you had given us so many suggested menu items, we tried around 8 of them between the two us, had to request takeout boxes, and STILL came away right at $20.
Of course we also had great coffee at City Coffee in Reading Market and wonderful baked goods at Metropolitan Bakery there as well.
Thanks to all of you our vacation was a blast and easy on the wallet to boot! If you ever decide to visit our neck of the woods in or around Boone, North Carolina, we'd be glad to return the favor.